Day 10: “How do you like it?” Gaby asks
On Saturday’s workout bill: Middle infielders working on digging throws out of the dirt.
Here’s the cool part: Doing the throwing, burying ball after ball in the dirt in front of the second base bag, was first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
That must have felt like a welcomed bit of revenge for the guy who is usually doing the digging, of infielders’ throws into the dirt.
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The Pirates spent part of Saturday’s workouts on baserunning drills. They did all possible variations: Home to first, first to third, second to home, and so on.
But, no, they did not practice home run trots. Guess that comes naturally.
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As Edinson Volquez pitched batting practice to Starling Marte and Neil Walker, watching glued behind the batting cage was Frank Coonelly.
The club president must’ve wanted an up-close-and-personal look at the Pirates’ chief free agent signing of the winter.
Asked for a review of Volquez’s work, Coonelly said, “Ball was coming out of his hand nice,” with a nod toward Ray Searage, since that is one of the pitching coach’s pet compliments.
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Buccos players and staff have reached the Camp Fever stage of Spring Training, the point at which they begin to feel the fences of Pirate City closing in on them.
Two more days of workouts, then it’s on to McKechnie Field and, following Tuesday’s Black & Gold game, the start of Grapefruit League play.